An approach to prevention

Who are we?

The Montreal Assault Prevention Centre is a non-profit community organization that aims to increase the capacity of people in dealing with various assaults.

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Your support allows us to provide quality assault prevention workshops to the most vulnerable members of our society. Each year the Montreal Assault Prevention Centre offers its services directly to over 3,500 people. Many more receive help indirectly or access resources through our office.



The CPAM is back at work !

After several months of confinement, the staff of the Montreal Assault Prevention Centre are finally back in a safe and healthy work environment ! Our office is now equipped with hand hygiene products at the entrances and exits of the establishment and a sufficient number of disinfectant solutions placed at various locations in the Center. We are extremely happy to be back in order to continue our programs which are focused on developing skills and resources to help people face difficult and dangerous situations.


What Is Our Approach?

The Centre’s programming is based on an approach to prevention derived from the CAP Project. The theory developed by the originators of the CAP Project states that 3 factors increase the vulnerability of individuals or groups.

These three factors are:

  • Lack of correct information about the nature of assault, how to prevent it and stop it.
  • Emotional, physical and financial dependence on the people who are most likely to assault them.
  • Isolation from each other and resources in the community which can help them end abuse and gain control of their lives.

Reducing Vulnerability: How?

By identifying what makes people vulnerable to assault we may work to reduce that vulnerability. The Centre’s workshops focus on:

  • Providing accurate information about assault and practical tools and strategies to identify and deal with potentially dangerous situations.
  • Increasing independence and confidence through sessions that are designed to respect the needs and capabilities of the group.
  • Reducing isolation by developing peer and community resources.


We have a list of telephone numbers at your disposal. They included:

  • Crisis line for battered women
  • Youth Protection Agency
  • Suicide action

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We would like to thanks the Telus Fondation for funding the program ESPACE sans violence at Barthélemy-Vimont School. This funding allowed us to offer CAP to 1 000 students.

Words from participants in our programs